Data is a powerful tool for development. Geospatial technologies such as GIS and remote sensing enable sophisticated data collection and analysis of spatial relationships at varying geographical scales. Learn how geospatial data can help cities understand its formation and transformation with much greater precision, and are indispensable tools for spatial, transport, and economic planning.
The project “Earth Observation for Sustainable Development-Urban” (EO4SD-Urban) was initiated in May 2016 and is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).
The main objectives are to improve understanding of EO applications for urban development with the Multi-Lateral Development Banks and developing countries, and to mainstream EO applications in an operational manner into development programmes.
Phase 1 was completed successfully by end of 2017.
Phase 2 now continues with new Cities and Stakeholders.
Urban planning is a powerful tool that can be harnessed to meet an area's economic, social, cultural and environmental needs and to make visions fro that area a reality. A host of factors contributes to the successful development and implementation of urban plans, including strong institutional coordination, rule of law, integration across scales and sectors, and financing. But a crucial step in developing strong plans is for cities to gain a deep understanding of their existing and future needs.